French GP Facts & Stats: Verstappen's first F1 hat-trick, and a special podium for Perez | ®
It was a race that kept us on the edge of our seats until the very end, as we waited to see if Red Bull could make a two-stop strategy work at Paul Ricard as rivals Mercedes pitted just once. It was also a race that threw up its fair share of fascinating facts and figures…
• Verstappen secured a hat-trick – pole position, the race win and fastest lap – for the first time in his F1 career.
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• He passed Hamilton with less than 2 laps to go, to extend his championship lead instead of losing it.
• Hamilton has gone without a win for 3 races for the first time since 2019.
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• In the second Red Bull, Sergio Perez finished on the podium on the 50th anniversary of famous compatriot Pedro Rodriguez' last podium – and at the track on which Rodriguez made his last F1 start.